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Follow Ron & Viv Moon as they continue their travels and adventure - SOUTH & CENTRAL AMERICA & NORTH AMERICA OVERLAND.                         Updated 30th Sept 2012            

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PART 1 -
CHILE
ARGENTINA
PARAGUAY ARGENTINA

PART 2 -
BRAZIL
BOLIVIA
PERU
ECUADOR
COLOMBIA

PART 3 -
PANAMA
COSTA RICA
NICARAGUA
HONDURAS
GUATEMALA
BELIZE
MEXICO

PART 4 -
USA
CANADA
ALASKA
CANADA
USA

 


travel podFor our latest trip diary / blogs and lots of pics as the trip unfolds go to: www.travelpod.com/members/ronamoon

 

TRIP DIARY PART 1 - CHILE / ARGENTINA / PARAGUAY / ARGENTINA

Link to Trip Diary Part 2 - Brazil / Bolivia/ Peru / Ecuador / Colombia

Link to Trip Diary Part 3 - Panama / Costa Rica / Nicaragua / Honduras / Guatemala / Belize / Mexico

Link to Trip Diary Part 4 - NORTH AMERICA - USA, Canada, Alaska

Link to CAMPING sites for South & Central America

Link to CAMPING sites for North America

 

 

 

containersLeaving Australia and heading to Chile - Jan 09, 2011

 

Chile - EASTER ISLAND - Jan 14, 2011

easter islandHangin' out on Rapa Nui
Easter Island
Now here is a place you can chill out. It's a bit like stepping back in time - say to the west coast of South Australia in the late 1960s or early 70s.
And we loved it - a lot better than Tahiti! Welcome to Easter Island, Chile!

 

 

 

Chile - SANTIAGO - Jan 15, 2011

santiagoLazing around Santiago]
Santiago
Our flight from Easter Island landed in Santiago in the early evening. We had a couple of days in here where we met up with Neil and Helen and Bryan and Fran, all of them arriving before us....

 

 

 

 

 

Chile - Valparaiso - Jan 19, 2011

valparaiso portvalparisoWaiting for our ship to come in ... in Valparaiso
Valparaiso
The old port of Valparaiso is World Heritage Listed and lays squeezed in along the hilly .... very hilly coast and the sea. Spanish explorers arrived here in 1536, and it soon became the main harbor for the region. Valparaiso then quickly became a required stopover for ships rounding Cape Horn and gained particular importance during the California Gold Rush of the 1850s. ....

 

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puconEscape from Valparaiso & south to the Lakes - Jan 31, 2011
Pan-America Highway to Pucon, Volanco Villarrica and the Lakes

We finally got away from Valpo in the evening of the 9th day, - that last day being a long drawn out finale in getting our vehicles out of the port.

 

 



chiloeRain & Wind - Welcome to Patagonia and Chiloe - Feb 03, 2011
Northern Patagonia, Puerto Montt, Chiloe

Late in the last afternoon here, we finally got to see the Volcano Villarrica from a couple of view points from near our camp - it is impressive - and its erupted at least 10 times in the last 100 years - no wonder the towns have warning signs, sirens and evacuation routes well marked. Wanta buy a holiday shack here? ....

 

 

Argentina/Chile/Argentina:

lake side camp argentinachile loopInto Argentina .... & a Wonderful Loop back into Chile - Feb 07, 2011
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche, El Bolson, Esquel, Chile Chico, Lago Beunos Aires, Lagos General Carrera, Carretera Austral, 'Cave of the Painted Hands' - Cueva de las Manos Pintadas

We left Bryan and Fran in Puerto Montt and had an easy run north and then east over the border into Argentina - the roads are pretty good you gotta say.

 

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Argentina:

ruta 40South Along the RN40 - Feb 08, 2011
Ruta 40, Le Leona Hotel, Cerro Castillo

Next day we continued south on the RN40 or Ruta 40 - the La Cuarenta - Argentina's classic drive that parallels the Chile-Argentinean border for over 5200km. It is slowly being bitumised so we're happy were' doing it now.

 

 

Chile/Argentina:

glacierHuge glaciers, Rock spires & Spectacular Scenery - Feb 19, 2011
El Calafate, Moreno Glacier, Torres Del Paine National Park, Puerto Natales, Punta Arenas,
We arrived in El Calafate where a motoring rally was in full swing so we boys had to take a look - the girls went shopping or something equally unspectacular! El Calafate is on the edge of Lago Argentina ....

 

 

 

torres del paineushuaiaLand of Fire - Feb 28, 2011
Magellan Straits, Tierra del Fuego, Rio Grande, Lago Fagnano, Ushuaia

We crossed the Magellan Straits (Estrecho de Magallanes) from Punta Arenas to the small hamlet of Porvenir on a large ferry across what was an absolute millpond of water. Don't know if good ol' Ferdinand Magellan who discovered the straits in 1520 had it so pleasant and while he named the large island 'Land of Smoke' because of all the native fires he could see, the king of Spain who had sent Ferdy out to discover new lands in the first place, thought 'Land of Fire' had a better ring to it. ...

 

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Argentina:

penguinWildlife, Valdes & a Farewell to Patagonia - March 09, 2011
Ruta 3, Caleta Olivia, Comodoro Rivadavia, Punta Tombo National Park, Magellanic Penguins, Rawson, Puerto Madryn, Peninsula Valdes Reserve Natural, Puerto Piramides, Rio Negro, Viedma, El Condor

We headed north on Ruta 3 which basically skirts the Atlantic seaboard of Argentina all the way till you leave Patagonia, when the highway crosses the Rio Negro, the official northern boundary of Patagonia. In a word the drive is as boring as batshit ....

 

 

 

iguazuImpressed with Icuazu - March 12, 2011
Lago Cochico, Rosario, Rio Parana, Parque National El Palmar, Puerto Iguazu, Iguazu Falls

Once we crossed the Rio Negro it seemed immediately the country changed to manicured farmland that rolled on for miles. It was the beginning of the rich pampas that Argentina is noted for. Fields of sunflower and corn became ever more common along with some sort of pea (chic pea?) that covered thousands of acres as we headed north. Think of the Darling Downs in SE Qld, or the country around the Murray River at Shepparton and you get the idea of how rich the land is and how intensely farmed it is - but we drove through it for a couple of thousand kilometres along what was Ruta 33.

 

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Paraguay:

paraguay butcherIt was a rags to riches sort of day! - March 15, 2011
Foz do Iguacu, Conception, Rio Paraguay

Getting into Paraguay demands a crossing into Brazil and then, after finding your way through Foz do Iguacu, which is a bloody big city on the Brazil side of the border near Icuazu Falls, you then have to cross into Paraguay and these borders are bloody frantic! The wheels kinda fell off here when we got told we needed a visa. After some discussion (in Spanish!), copious use of the Spanish-English dictionary and some comical charades we got a transit visa for US$50 .... but I'm still not too sure if it all was a sham.

 

paraguayChoking on the Chaco - From dust to mud ... - March 23, 2011
Mennonites, Pozo Colorado, Filadelfia, Loma Plata, Nuelands, Ponzo Hondo, Cap Joel Estigarribia, Rio Pilcomayo, Ponzo Honda, Boqueron

The Chaco - a vast region sprawling across NW Argentina and much of central and western Paraguay takes in a wide range of habitats from riverine forest, open woodland, palm tree savannah, and wetlands to thick impenetrable scrub - the latter being the dominant type you'll find. In Argentina much of the Chaco has been converted into rich farming land but in Paraguay that process is lagging a little even though the Mennonites first came to central Paraguay in the late 1920's and started to tame the 'Green Hell' as the Chaco was, and is still called.

 

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Back into Argentina

saltaOnto Salta .... sexy, sublime Salta - March 24, 2011
We were looking for pleasant mountain country but ended up at a rock concert!

Salta sits amongst the foothills of the Andes in north-west Argentina and is a delightful city which offers plenty of things to do....

 

 

jesuit churchAcross Argentina's Chaco & back to Iguazu Falls - April 06, 2011
Grande Chaco, Resistencia, Rio Parana, Corrientes, Rio Parana, Posadas, San Ignazio Mini Jesuit monastery, Puerto Iguazu

We got away from Salta and headed east dodging around some steep mountain country before joining Ruta 16 which makes an arrow straight run for over 600km across the Grande Chaco.

 

 



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